A 1941 Tragedy at Sea – A New Book Of Historical Interest

Dec 28, 2019 | 0 comments

On 11 November 2019 (Remembrance Day), author and retired naval officer William Dziadyk published his historical non-fiction book “S.S. Nerissa, the Final Crossing: The Amazing True Story of the Loss of a Canadian Troopship in the North Atlantic”.  The embarked troops included five members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.  Three of the Signallers perished during the sinking.   ​The details of the sinking of the S.S. Nerissa were highly classified until almost 50 years after the event.  The tragic loss of this ship on 30 April 1941 resulted in the third largest loss of life for a ship sunk by U-boats in the approaches to the British Isles.  The deaths of 81 Merchant Navy seamen, 98 Canadian, British and Norwegian troops, 11 American Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) pilots and 17 civilian passengers touched not only Canadian families at the time, but also many families in the United Kingdom, Norway and the neutral United States.  This book focuses on the events which led up to the sinking by U-552 (Erich Topp) and the resulting public relations dilemma on the Canadian home-front.  Also included are eye witness accounts from many of the survivors and some stories of those who perished.  Much […]

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CFJSR Members awarded Command and CDS Commendations

Dec 13, 2019 | 0 comments

Corporal J.R.D. Handley, 3 Squadron: Awarded the Commander CJOC Commendation Corporal Handley deployed to Qayyarah-West, Iraq from February to May 2019 as part of Canada’s contribution to the multinational effort to defeat Daesh. As the Acting Commander of the Communication Information system Detachment, his performance was stellar. He assumed responsibility for all theatre communication equipment to the fullest extent, and conceived, designed, and implemented numerous processes to ensure the timely submission and activation of CAF and coalition networks across five camps. Moreover, he confidently prepared concise briefings for the Commanding Officer of the Impact Training and Coordination unit regarding communications-related issues. Corporal Handley’s professionalism and tireless efforts ensured the connectivity of all communication platforms.   Master Corporal K. Fougere, 3 Squadron: Awarded the Commander CJOC Commendation Master Corporal Fougere trained and led the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment’s team for Exercise NOBLE SKYWAVE 18, a prestigious international High Frequency competition conducted in Norway in November 2018. His infectious desire to win inspired his team, who moved from the bottom of 123 competitors to achieve First Place while using a man pack radio and improvised antennas. Master Corporal Fougere’s exemplary leadership and dedication ultimately led to Canada winning the competition, bringing […]

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Retirement – MWO Herb Postill, CD, RCCS (Retired) – Kit Shop Manager

Dec 12, 2019 | 6 comments

C&E Branch Family: Herb Postill – our very own Kit Shop Manager who haunted the halls of the C&E Museum for over a decade – is retiring for a second and final time. Herb, a retired Master Warrant Officer, started his career as a Gunner from 1975 to 1981. He re-mustered to Lineman where he proudly served the Corps and Queen until 2004. In all, Herb dedicated 28 years of his life to the uniform. He deployed to Cyprus and Bosnia, and was posted to numerous bases including Debert, Kingston, Gagetown, Calgary, and Edmonton. After hanging up his lineman spurs, Herb took on the job as the C&E Kit Shop Manager; a post he held for 15 years (from the Spring of 2005 until his last official day … which is set for the first week of January 2020). Just about every unit T-shirt, camp flag, court mounted medal, mess kit accoutrement, sword, pace stick, and retirement gift was handled, purchased, mailed, re-ordered, gift wrapped, and haggled by Mr. Postill. The Kit Shop won’t be the same without him. He and his wife Wendy plan on travelling throughout the United States and the Atlantic provinces of Canada as he concludes […]

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TD Hosts Deserving Soldiers At NHL Game

Dec 10, 2019 | 0 comments

Mr. Luc Naud, TD Insurance (Centre), is pictured at the recent game between Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.  Pte Laurie Savard (left) and Tpr Mitch Stathum (right) from 33 Signal Regiment in Ottawa are enjoying the game. TD provides members of the C&E Association with preferred rates for car, travel and home insurance.  Check out their offers on CMCEN home page. Views: 1

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Colonel Alexander Tupper, CD, RCAF – Funeral Arrangements

Dec 9, 2019 | 1 comment

It with great sadness that we announce the loss of Colonel Alex Tupper, former Director of Aerospace Equipment Program Management (Radars & Communications Systems) and Acting Chief of Staff. Colonel Tupper passed away Tuesday afternoon (03 December 2019) with his wife Rachel, daughter Esther, and his son Justin at his side. Please see below for timings, venue, and requested order of dress for attendance: On Friday, 13 December 2019 (Hall of Colours) Beechwood Main Building, located at 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario: 1. Family Visitation from 1300 – 1400 hours; and 2. Public Visitation from 1400 – 1600 and from 1800 – 2000 hours. On Saturday, 14 December 2019 there will be: 1. A Celebration of his life and contribution to his service to Canada, conducted at the Life Centre, located at 2214 Innes Road, Orléans, Ontario at 1030 hours; 2. The Interment at Beechwood starting at 1200 hours ; and 3. A reception, scheduled from 1300 – 1500 hours (Borden & Fleming Suites) Beechwood Main Building. Please access the link provided below to sign the Digital Guestbook: All serving military attendees are to wear DEU 1A (with medals); Colonels and above, and those with a ceremonial function (e.g. […]

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Celebration of Life – Sgt Allan Edwin Stapleton, CD, RCCS (Retired), WII Veteran

Dec 3, 2019 | 0 comments

A Celebration of Life will be held for Allan Stapleton on 4 January 2020. He would have turned 100 years old the following day. It will take place at Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club (30 Ashbridges Bay Prk Rd, Toronto, ON)  in east end Toronto where Al was a Life Member. This will be a non-religious celebration. Remarks and reminisces will begin at 1400 hours. As this is an open event to all who wish to attend, Please RSVP to Mr. John Stapleton ([email protected]) by return email for planning purposes. In addition, if you would like to speak at the event, please be in touch. We will include an ‘open mike’ at the end of formalities, should time permit. Please feel free to share this ‘save the date’ with people who knew Al. Al’s interment will take place at a date to be determined in 2020 at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa. Link: Sgt Allan Edwin Stapleton, CD, RCCS (Retired) Obituary   Views: 3

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